University Research Council (URC)

The University Research Council (URC), administered by the Senior Vice President for Research, is the governance body for research operations and strategies at Penn State. The URC members serve as research liaisons for their academic areas including University Park, the commonwealth campuses and the College of Medicine at Hershey. 

The members include Associate Deans of Research, Institute Directors, Director of Federal Relations, Assistant Vice Presidents, Fellows, and other PSU delegates appointed by the Senior Vice President for Research that are broadly representative of the research-oriented focus among the Penn State community.  Meetings occur eight times throughout the calendar year.   

For questions regarding URC meetings or membership, please contact osvpr@psu.edu. For a printer-friendly table of URC members, please click here

 

 

URC Members

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Omid Ansary

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg Chancellor's Office
C119 Olmsted Building, Harrisburg, PA
717-948-6103
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Andrew August

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Penn State Abington
119 Sutherland Building, Abington, PA
215-881-7300
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D. Scott Bennett

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of the Liberal Arts
105 Sparks Building, University Park, PA
814-865-1439
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Michael J. Bernstein

Director of Research
Penn State Abington
119 Sutherland Building Abington, PA
215-881-7479
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Mallika Bose

Associate Dean for Research, Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies
College of Arts and Architecture
102A Borland Building, University Park, PA
814-863-0408
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Rick Brazier

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses
111 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-863-0327
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Sarah Bronson

Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research
College of Medicine
H166 Physiology, Hershey, PA
717-531-5194
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James Crandall

Director
Environmental Health and Safety
5B Eisenhower Parking Deck, University Park, PA 16802-2116
814-863-3767
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Kathryn Drager

Associate Dean for Research
College of Health & Human Development
325 Health & Human Development Building, University Park, PA
814-863-2426
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Roger Egolf

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Chair
Faculty Senate
315P Lehigh Valley Bl, Allentown, PA
610-285-5110
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Deborah Ehrenthal

Director
Social Science Research Institute
114 Henderson Building University Park, PA
814-865-1528
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Melissa Erekson

Assistant Vice President
Corporate Engagement
200 Innovation Blvd, Suite 119 University Park, PA
814-865-0023

Jenni Evans

Director
Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
509 Walker Building, University Park, PA
814-865-3240
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Corey Griffin

Associate Dean for Research
Penn State Altoona
W110 Smith Building, Altoona, PA
814-949-5746
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Paul Hallacher

Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Penn State Harrisburg Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Office
777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA
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Raymond Hohl

Director
Penn State Cancer Institute
400 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
717-531-6585
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Mihoko Hosoi

Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications
University Libraries
510 Paterno Library, University Park, PA
814-863-5451
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Steven Huddart

Senior Associate Dean
Smeal College of Business
210 Business Building, University Park, PA
814-865-0041
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Judy Hupcey

Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research
College of Nursing
Hershey Medical Center
717-531-4160

Tim Hurley

Interim Assistant Vice President for Research & Director of Technology Management
Office of Technology Management
113N Technology Center, University Park, PA
814-865-6961
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Zuleima Karpyn, Chair 2021-2022

Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences
151 Hosler Building, University Park, PA
814-863-2273
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Greg Kelly

Senior Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, Technology
College of Education
241 Chambers Building, University Park, PA
814-863-1489

Ivor Knight

Associate Dean for Research
Penn State Behrend
103 Glehnhill Farmhousem, Erie, PA
814-898-6160

Daniel Leri

Director
Innovation Park
101C Technology Center, University Park, PA
814-865-2880
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George A. Lesieutre

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
College of Engineering
102 B Hammond Building, University Park, PA
814-863-0103
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Hong Ma

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
Eberly College of Science
517 Thomas Building, University Park, PA
814-863-0555

James Marden

Associate Director
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
201 Huck Life Sciences Building, University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3842

Eduardo Mendieta

Associate Director
Rock Ethics Institute
203 Sparks Building, University Park, PA
814-865-1553
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Anthony Olorunnisola

Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education
College of Communications
215 Carnegie Building, University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7997
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Dara E. Purvis

Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships
Penn State Law
327 Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
814-865-8996
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Christopher Rahn

Associate Dean for Innovation
College of Engineering
150A Hammond Building, University Park, PA
814-865-6237
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Clive Randall

Director
Materials Research Institute
N-221 Millennium Science, University Park, PA
814-863-1328
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Andrew Read

Director
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
W230A Millennium Science Complex, University Park, PA
814-867-2396

Tom Richard

Director
Institutes of Energy and the Environment
131 Land & Water Research Building, University Park, PA
814-863-0291
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Paul Shrivastava

Director and Chief Sustainability Officer
The Sustainability Institute
103 Land & Water Research Building, University Park, PA
814-865-4415
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Blair D. Siegfried

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
College of Agricultural Sciences
217 Ag Admin Building, University Park, PA
814-865-3136
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Larry Sinoway

Director
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
717-531-6853
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Allan Sonsteby

Associate Director, Office Head, Communications and Navigation Office
College of Information Sciences and Technology
300 Information Sciences and Technology Building, University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7299
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Andrea Tapia

Associate Dean for Research
College of Information Sciences and Technology
E380 Westgate Building, University Park, PA
814-865-1524
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Debra Thurley

Assistant Vice President
Office for Research Protections
The 330 Building Suite 205 University Park , PA
814-865-2955
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Gloria (Geanie) Umberger

Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Industry Research Collaborations
Office of Industrial Partnerships
101B Technology Center, University Park, PA
814-867-0137
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Sheila L. Vrana

Associate Dean for Research
College of Medicine
H138 Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
717-531-8495
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Amanda Wintersteen

Director of Federal Relations
Office of Government and Community Relations
117 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-865-5431

Invited Attendees

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Lara Fowler

Assistant Director for Outreach and Engagement
Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
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Patty Hickman

Financial Officer
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
118 Transportation Research Building, University Park, PA
814-865-1987

Jenifer Hoffman (per Judy Hupcey)

Director for Grants and Contracts
Center for Nursing Research
201 Nursing Sciences Building, University Park, PA
814-865-9337
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Michael Lanagan

Associate Director
Materials Research Institute
N-329 Millennium Science Complex, University Park, PA
814-865-6992
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Vijay Narayanan

Interim Director of Limited Submissions
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
W323 Westgate Building, University Park, PA
814-863-0392
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Chris Pfeiffer

Limited Submission Program Manager, Business Systems Analyst
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
304 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-863-2173
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Erica Smithwick, Administrative Fellow 2021-2022

Distinguished Professor of Geography, Associate Director
Institutes of Energy and the Environment
406 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-865-7786
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Ruth Weber

Assistant Vice President for Research Operations
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
304 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-876-1463

Ex-Officio Members

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David Giannantonio

Assistant General Counsel
Office of General Counsel
227 West Beaver Avenue, Suite 507, State College, PA 16801
814-867-4088
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John Hanold

Associate Vice President for Research and Director
Office of Sponsored Programs
110 Technology Center
814-863-0768
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Michelle Hutnik

Director of Research Analytics and Communications
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
304 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-863-6311
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Todd Jackson

Director
Animal Resource Program
101 Centralized Biological Lab, University Park, PA
814-863-7778
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Leslie Parent

Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research and Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Medicine
H175, Hershey Medical Center
717-531-7199
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Shashank Priya

Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
304 Old Main
814-863-9657
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James "Jim" Taylor

Interim Associate CIO for Research
Director, Office of Research Information Systems;
105 The 330 Building
814-865-0681
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Michael F. Verderame

Senior Associate Dean
The Graduate School
211 Kern Building, University Park, PA
814-865-2516
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Lora G. Weiss

Senior Vice President
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
304 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-865-6332
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Candice Yekel

Associate Vice President for Research and Director
Office of Research Protections
Suite 250, The 330 Building, University Park, PA
814-865-1775